Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls

Sean Nicholls is the State Political Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald.

Revealed: The real $2 billion cost of privatised Northern Beaches hospital

Sean Nicholls The true cost to taxpayers of the new privatised Northern Beaches Hospital has been revealed as $2.14 billion - more than twice the $1 billion figure publicised by health minister Jillian Skinner...

Diaries reveal Mike Baird met Chinese State Grid Corp over electricity sale in January

Premier Mike Baird repeatedly refused to say if he had attended meetings with State Grid Corp to discuss his privatisation plans.

Sean Nicholls The Premier failed to disclose the meeting during the election campaign.

Power bill savings: electricity boss warns of 'consequences'

GENERIC AFR PHOTOGRAPH BY GLENN HUNT 14th January 2014.
GENERIC - electricity, power, transformer

Sean Nicholls The national energy regulator has been warned of the "consequences" of its decision to slash what network businesses can charge over the next four years, including slower natural disaster response...

Baird government assures Fred Nile that pokie reforms are in play

Sean Nicholls The horse trading between the Baird government and the Reverend Fred Nile is under way, with gambling policy first up for grabs.

Retired brigadier appointed to lead storm recovery effort

Retired Brigadier Darren Naumann has a big task ahead him in the wake of the NSW storms.

Sean Nicholls Retired Australian Army Brigadier Darren Naumann has been appointed to lead the recovery of the storm ravaged Hunter and Central Coast.

Metgasco wants police help for gas drilling at Bentley after court victory

Sean Nicholls, Anne Davies Energy company Metgasco says it will need a police escort to bring drilling equipment onto its proposed gasfield at Bentley on the NSW north coast following a Supreme...

Premier Mike Baird vows to fix ICAC to ensure corruption charges stick

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn Premier Mike Baird says he will consider all options, including retrospective legislation, to ensure those found guilty of corruption don't get away with it.

Electricity union blames cost-cutting for 'poor' storm response

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 22:  A large  Tree limb falls over Salisbury Rd in Camperdown taking down power lines after last nights heavy winds and rain on April 22, 2015 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Ben Rushton/Fairfax Media)

Sean Nicholls The union representing NSW electricity workers is warning that looming job cuts will drastically reduce their ability to quickly restore power to homes the next time a...

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione set to stay for two years to smooth police succession plan

NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

Sean Nicholls, Nick Ralston Premier Mike Baird will push to defer the vexed question of who will succeed Andrew Scipione as NSW police commissioner by proposing to cabinet that his contract be extended for two years.

Morris Iemma wants ICAC powers restored but Nick Greiner questions governance

Sean Nicholls, Michaela Whitbourn Former NSW Premier Morris Iemma has joined his predecessor Bob Carr in calling for the ICAC to have its powers restored following a damaging High Court ruling that effectively narrowed the...

Bob Carr says retrospective change to the ICAC Act should be considered

Former NSW premier Bob Carr, who would like to see a more robust ICAC process.

Sean Nicholls and Michaela Whitbourn Former NSW Premier Bob Carr wants to see the Independent Commission Against Corruption retain "robust powers".

Despite live baiting scandal, rules allow animal skins for greyhound training

Sean Nicholls Greyhound trainers in NSW have been given the green light to use animal skins to train their dogs only weeks after a scandal erupted over revelations of live baiting.

Star casino may be the most violent venue but exempt from restrictions

The Star.

Sean Nicholls The Star casino at Pyrmont may be the state's most violent venue, new figures show, yet it remains exempt from key NSW government policies aimed at reducing alcohol-fuelled violence.

Electricity poles and wires sale: Value of 'at risk' contracts still under wraps

Treasurer Gladys Berejiklian.

Sean Nicholls UBS and Deutsche Bank have been involved for nearly a year, but the Baird government has still not said what they are being paid.

Senior NSW Labor officials call for investigation of federal leadership ballot

NSW Labor officials want an investigation into the ballot that saw Bill Shorten elected party leader.

Sean Nicholls The NSW Labor party is being called upon to conduct  a "full audit" of its membership to determine the extent of rorting during the 2013 ballot that installed Bill Shorten as Labor leader.

Jodi McKay the surprise in Luke Foley's new shadow cabinet

Sean Nicholls, Nicole Hasham Opposition leader Luke Foley has reneged on his promise to make Strathfield MP Jodi McKay his planning spokeswoman, opting instead to give her the justice and police portfolio in his revamped shadow...

NSW Labor set to discuss ballot rigging allegations ahead of national president vote

Sam Dastyari:

Sean Nicholls Revelations that ballot papers were diverted are set to be raised at the powerful NSW ALP administrative committee.

Penny Sharpe set to return to Parliament after Newtown loss

Penny Sharpe is seeking to return to the NSW upper house.

Sean Nicholls Labor's Penny Sharpe has announced she will seek preselection to return to the upper house after failing to win the key inner-city seat of Newtown.

NSW state election 2015: Penny Sharpe will seek to return to upper house after Newtown loss

Penny Sharpe

Sean Nicholls Labor's Penny Sharpe has announced she will seek preselection to return to the upper house after failing to win the key inner city seat of Newtown to the Greens candidate Jenny Leong.

Mark Paterson on the way out in Mike Baird's department restructure

NSW Premier Mike Baird.

Sean Nicholls A senior public servant hired to "sell NSW to the world" has had his position abolished and will leave the public service following a departmental shake up announced by Premier Mike Baird.